Double Negative - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #382
Ranked #1,443
4.27 | pDev: 6.56%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Double Negative - Bourbon Barrel-AgedDouble Negative - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: Imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels.
Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 278 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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nawpnawp from California

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 bottle poured a little over a year later.

The pour is jet black with a bit of creamy carbonation. The smell is amazing. Surprisingly, cinnamon is dominant here with vanilla and caramel notes; somewhat like huna. On the nose, it seems as if it's going to be a sugar bomb, but the taste is quite different. The cinnamon takes a back seat here and is well balanced by some oaky bitterness. It sits nice and thick on the palette. Honestly, the taste was a bit of a letdown after the aromas it gave off.

A pretty solid brew overall. I'd definitely try it again if I saw it.

Jan 11, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber marked November 2015 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 – 60 degrees. Review other than “Head” is after warming
Aroma – starts with roasted malt and a little smoke, followed by a little whiskey as the head recedes, not particularly “bourbony”
Head large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to a five mm ring connected to a wide lacy ring of tiny bubbles and a creamy layer of varying thicknesses
Lacing excellent – wide continuous bands of tiny bubbles
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – begins with a hit of whiskey followed by burning of the distal esophagus. After the burn dies down - roasted malt, some bitter chocolate. As it warms further (55 degrees), the bourbon presence is not as harsh, more of a glow rather than all out stellar fusion. Definitely let it warm and breathe a bit before consumption (Bad pun, not sorry!).
Palate – medium, creamy, lively carbonation

A decent bourbon barrel stout, but, to my taste (or lack thereof) nothing markedly out of the ordinary for this style of brew. It’s good but not overwhelming. Obviously, the winner of the gold in the GABF was a different version of this.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

Oct 30, 2016
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JordonHoltzman from New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is from notes.

This beer is from November 2015, and I'm drinking in August 2016.
Pours a nice black with not light coming through, a nice mocha ring of bubbles that leaves nice lacing.
First thing that comes on is the sweet vanilla from the bourbon. coffee and roasted malts. As it opens up the bourbon aromas strengthen.
The taste matches. it's very nice. as it opens up it's very sweet, slightly cloying but then closes with some bitterness, toasted notes, and warmth from the booze.
It's full bodied but not the thickest or as silky as other big stouts I've had. Once it warms up, you notice that the carbonation is on the low side.
Not sure why I decided to open a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout on one of the hottest days of this sweaty swampy NYC summer, but glad I did.

Sep 16, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bomber into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Demerits for lack of head. Nice color and lace though. Nose is roast, smoke, booze, tobacco, molasses, peat, chocolate and fudge. Aromatic and really rich. Flavor is chocolate and molasses upfront. Some anise, prunes and other dark fruit mixed with smoke and roast in the middle. Tobacco and peat coats the walls of the mouth and balances out the sweetness in this one. Booze and more chocolate and fudge in the back. The only thing that's out of place is a touch of ethanol from the ABVs. Real nice and chewy on the palate. Oily and slick in the mouth and substantial but soft with just a tickle of booze going down. Real excellent feel.

As one of my first Grimm beers, this is very very promising. I hope to check out some of there other offerings in the near future!

Aug 17, 2016
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KMachHops from California

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Nov 2015. Been in my cellar since.
Look: Black and crema like head like an espresso.
Smell: Malty chocolate.
Taste: Dark chocolate and vanilla.
Feel: So smooth. Perfect in every way.
Overall: This is up there with KBS for me for bourbon barrel stouts. It definitely deserves the GABF gold 2015.

Jun 28, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.08/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from desp59 in a recent box. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled November 2015

APPEARANCE: Looks the same as the base beer. Even the slow foamer factor was there. A clear black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy, slightly creamy light tan head with good retention. Black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head fades to a full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp and ring remain with dots of lacing left down the glass.

SMELL: Medium nose of oak, vanilla, sweet cream and milk chocolate. Smooth and well integrated. Notes of bourbon and pure chocolate. Quite woody as well. Nice, though it could definitely be bolder.

TASTE: Alcohol, bourbon and wood up front. A bit boozier than expected, especially for the ABV. Wood and alcohol at the swallow with a bolder and lingering finish of oak, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, bourbon and booze. Roasted hints from the base beer linger as well with lots of wood.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch at the swallow and finishes a somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL :This is okay. Not quite as bold and characterful as some of the others in this style, but it’s still enjoyable enough. Lots of wood here and it’s quite alcoholic for the ABV, which masks a bit of the potential complexity. Not quite as good as I was hoping it would be, but still something I enjoyed enough and would re-visit given the opportunity. Thanks again desp59!

May 27, 2016
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Pierre_Pressure from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark body, medium tan head; this looks like I expect my stouts to look. Decent lacing.
S: Bourbon is defintiely present here. Notes of vanilla and chocolate, but I'm finding the alcohol notes are overpowering some of the other scents here. This does lessen quickly as I acclimate to the aroma and notes of sweet chocolate are coming out.
T: Really follows the nose here. I think this bottle could use a bit of age on it to tone down the booze notes slightly. A lot dryer than many bourbon aged beers which can sometimes be overly sweet.
F: Medium body; definitely is making it's presence known. Goes down real smooth.
O: While good, this isn't quite as good as I was hoping for. I really enjoyed the Maple Bourbon Double Negative and I'm not a huge fan of maple beers, so I thought I would enjoy this more, but I didn't. At the end of the day I do like this, but considering the price and how infrequently I've seen this in stores I don't think I'll be revisiting this one.

May 18, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a deep brown foamy head. Aroma of roasted malt and nice black chocolate notes with some smooth bourbon notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a nice mix of black chocolate notes with some light roasted malt with vanilla, smooth bourbon notes with some light residual sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with concealed alcohol notes. Super nice treat with great drinkability and plenty of complex notes.

May 18, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

****bottled March 2015, now April 2016 ****

L: pours dark, but not pitch black. A finger of tan head
S: sweet...nice barrel notes
T: sweet dark fruit with nice bourbon notes.
F: smooth and easy drinking.
O: good, but nothing crazy. I'm spoiled with too many exceptional ba stouts to compare this to.

Apr 17, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque jet black with a dense, one finger mocha head. Retention is excellent and there is a bunch of spotted lacing. Smell is amazing, very complex. Notes of chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla and a hint of bourbon all come together wonderfully to form a union much more holy than my parents' marriage. Taste is the same. No alcohol detected. Feel is full, thick and slick. Overall an awesome beer. I really love how Grimm's barrel aged beers aren't super hot bourbon bombs like a lot of people like. I prefer the barrel flavors to compliment the base beer, not completely overpower and drown them out.

Apr 14, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at a tasting. Black pour, thick, with a head that is slow to rise to the surface. Smells like hcocolate, cocoa, espresso and lactose. Tastes like milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coconut and alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Mar 26, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black color with light brown head. Aroma is roasty with some sweet bourbon notes. Taste starts bitter and roasty up-front, lots of coffee on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. A bit heavy on the roast/bitterness, but overall it's quite nice.

Mar 20, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Bourbon, oak, dark fruits, some milk chocolate, some vanilla, hints of roasted malts.

T- Less bourbon forward than the nose, but that not a bad thing. Milk chocolate, some roasted malts, hints of dark fruits, bourbon, oak, hints of vanilla, caramel. Well balanced.

M- Smooth, creamy, full body.

O- A nice improvement over regular Double Negative. Bourbon adds a great touch and added more body to this.

Mar 14, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth smooth smooth. Bottled in November 2015, opened March 2016. Pours and drinks like liquid silk. Chocolate, toasted malt, oak, figs, toffee and light vanilla on the back end. Little to no heat for the ABV. Outstanding BBA stout that I would have probably enjoyed more fresh. Perhaps the 5 months of idle-time mellowed out the bourbon flavor that I would've liked to taste/feel a bit more. As it was - awesome beer.

Mar 03, 2016
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep black color into my snifter. Lots of nose chocolate, bourbon and deep roasted malt. The taste IMO has a nice blend of flavors with the malts and chocolate coming through with just mild hints from the bourbon barrel aging. A little thin for a stout of this caliber. A good BBA stout but not sure I would hunt it down but if it is present I'd buy it again.

Feb 25, 2016
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with no head, just a tight band around the edges. Nose expresses milk chocolate and a hint of ethanol. Taste consistent with nose; however, I'm not getting much of the barrel. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, perhaps a bit thin, with an even carbonation and a trace of acidity. A decent beer but nothing to write home about.

Feb 21, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

November 2015 bottling date.

A: Pitch-black pour with a small, dense and dark brown head. Minimal head retention and lacing.

S: Super dark chocolate aroma. Serious brownie action. Sweet caramel from the bourbon makes it even more over the top.

T: Damn. Sweet bourbon up front, toasted sugars and caramel. Heavy on the brownies afterwards. Great dark chocolate flavor with bits of vanilla sometimes. Hints of bittersweet coffee too, probably from the roasted malt. Finish is more of the same, lots of heavy bittersweet chocolate with hints of coffee and a little oak. Tiny bit of heat in the aftertaste but it's mostly drowned out.

M: Heavy, heavy, heavy. Smooth and sweet.

O: Thick roasty bourbony brownie batter. Pretty much sums it up. Delicious!

Feb 21, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black body with quickly disappearing brown bubbles. Smell is very rich yet robust, whiskey, dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, charred wood, black strap molasses, booze, and dark fruit. The barrel took the taste not just to the next level, but the next dimension, really giving me the impression of a bcbs with more southern whiskey flair and not as sweet. Get some leather, raisin, and rye in there too with the enhanced woodiness. Feel could be a touch thicker, but I like the more rustic whiskey barrel feel

Feb 17, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color. Not super dark though.

Having it next to the base beer it is thinner. It provides some nice bourbon and vanilla but loses body. Molasses as well. Similar base veer flavors.

Solid beer. Has pros and cons to the base beer.

Feb 13, 2016
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HopsForBrains from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yields a smell, after poured, the likes of which I have never encountered before likened to earthy grapes (most likely due to the addition of maple syrup).

Feb 05, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great brew with big notes of roasty chocolate. The bourbon note are present but not overpowering. The body is medium. Not thin or really thick. Glad I got to try this. Only 3 cases made it to Louisiana.

Feb 04, 2016
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Dustin_Sallitt from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't know how I've never reviewed this beer. The nose is a masterful blend of fudgey chocolate, expresso coffee, slight dark fruit, and oaky bourbon. The first sip unveils an perfect balance between the base beer and the barrel and bourbon. Immediately you get a blast of fudge and the smoothest bourbon I've ever tasted. The bourbon is very present, but it's so smooth that it melts right into the fudgeyness and fits perfectly. Slight dark fruits come in just before an expresso roast blends with oaky vanilla goodness. The finish returns to the delicious fudgey bourbon goodness. The mouthfeel is perfectly thick. Not like motor oil but still thick. This is tied as my favorite beer if all time.

Jan 28, 2016
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scxcrunner from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Glad to have found one of these! pours black with a finger of tan head. aroma of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. taste hits hard with thick chocolate, oak, and bourbon which is present but not as strong as expected. mouthfeel is thick and coats the mouth with chocolatey goodness

Jan 14, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark black with a beige head and moderate lacing. Smells like vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Tastes like chocolate fudge and bourbon with notes of vanilla and oak. Amazing beer.

Jan 05, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says November 2015.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/8 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sweet oaky bourbon presence with some vanilla and chocolate notes.

T- Very smooth delivery of more wood, vanilla and a roasty chocolate aftertaste. The bourbon and heat are both at a strength level I find optimal, personally. Coffee roast and dry oak meet in the aftertaste.

M- Creamy and rich with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- An excellent treatment to an already great beer. Accentuates the vanilla from the oak over the booze from the bourbon which I like.

Dec 22, 2015
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